Agustin Hernandez Gomez owns the 21-hectare farm Santa Martha, where he has 12 hectares planted with Bourbon, Caturra, and Sarchimor coffee plants. Coffees on Santa Martha are picked ripe and depulped the same day, then fermented underwater for 18 hours before being washed three times. They are spread on cement patios to dry for about 7 days.
Agustin is a member of the Comon Yaj Noptic cooperative in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, along the buffer zone of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, one of the world's most diverse forest reserves. In the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, the reserve contains Mesoamerica's largest continuous cloud forest, and is a refuge for thousands of plant and animal species.
Within this buffer zone is the Comon Yaj Noptic cooperative. (Comon Yaj Noptic means "all of us think.") The producers here have the advantage of many ideal conditions, including good altitude, obviously a very lush environment, and high-quality coffee varieties like Typica, Bourbon, and Caturra. The grower members are passionate about quality and even though this region is not always thought of for exceptional lots, there is strong microlot potential from here. The area is very close to the border of Guatemala and that country's famous coffee region Huehuetenango. Some of the best of what we taste from those coffees is possible here as well.
|Region||Emiliano Zapata, Sierra Cuxtepeques, Chiapas|
|Variety||Bourbon, Caturra, Sarchimor|
Tasting notes: Sweet and tart with a buttery mouthfeel; caramel, fruit and lemonade flavors.